Hydrogen energy station evaluation and demonstration program dedicated at Selfridge

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Officials from the U.S. Army's Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and executives from Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) and Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center today dedicated a state-of-the-art hydrogen energy station evaluation and demonstration program at Selfridge Air National Guard (SANB) Base in Michigan.

This inter-agency project between the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy will provide participants with a better understanding of hydrogen's potential because it tests the technology in a real-world setting.

Through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), the U.S. Army, CTV and Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center collaborated to implement this cold weather test site for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Program.

Located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the hydrogen station will power a fleet of five Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that will be used by the Army and National Guard for mission-related purposes.

Colonel David Miller, vice commander of the base's host unit 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, opened the dedication ceremony with words welcoming the collaboration at the base 30 minutes north of Detroit.

"As the Air Force looks at alternative fuels for our aircraft, this hydrogen project is a new and exciting alternative for the Air Force's and other services' ground fleets that may have wide-reaching applications," Miller stated after describing the Air Force as the largest consumer of hydrocarbons in the DoD. "As members of an integrated Total Force, we are interested in the continued investigation of new potential solutions to the fossil fuel challenges of the future."

"Collaborating with the military on this project will enhance our research into hydrogen as a transportation fuel. Their significant experience in advanced technology makes them a superb partner," said Dana Flanders, president of Chevron Technology Ventures.
The hydrogen station uses Chevron's proprietary advanced steam methane reforming technology to produce about 40 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to supply up to 10 fuel cell vehicles.

This is the fifth hydrogen demonstration station commissioned by Chevron Technology Ventures. Other stations are located in California and Florida, and fuel buses and automobiles used in real-world applications. Each Chevron Hydrogen energy station features a different production technology so that project participants can assess and determine the benefits of various production systems.